The European Union needs a "united strategy" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.
There may have been a partial breakthrough in the cross-party talks at Stormont, a source suggests to the BBC.
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on singer Olly Murs in his latest Premier League predictions.
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the economy, Ukraine and his love life over the course of a three-hour news conference. Here are five things we learnt this year.
Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.
Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.
A 43-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was injured during a five-hour stand-off with police at a flat in Lancashire.
US air strikes have killed several high-ranking military leaders of Islamic State in Iraq, the Pentagon's top uniformed officer says.
The US Federal Reserve gives Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, the reforms introduced following the financial crisis.
Alastair Cook should be relieved of the one-day captaincy if England are to prosper at the ICC World Cup, says Simon Hughes.
Pictures have emerged of a brawl at at Lancashire parish council committee meeting over a waiting list for grazing land.
Fifa's reputation has been hurt by the resignation of ethics investigator Michael Garcia, says vice president Jim Boyce.
Kenyan lawmakers traded blows and the deputy speaker had water thrown on her during a chaotic parliamentary session which approved changes to a tough new security bill.
Downing Street rejects suggestions that the prime minister left talks in Northern Ireland early last week so he could attend his wife's "Ibiza-style rave" birthday party.
Pupils who survived a massacre at their school in Pakistan have been paying tribute to those who died.
The cyber attack on Sony that forced the cancellation of a major film release is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.